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26 Jul, 2018

Guilt-free solution to plastics problem is hard to find

By | July 26th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

If the grisly images of marine life maimed and killed by waste plastics aren’t enough to get our attention, new Australian research linking plastics to smaller penises probably is. As Fairfax Media  reported on Thursday, two University of Melbourne researchers have concluded that exposure to the chemicals in plastics is "the No. 1 reproductive issue [...]

23 Jul, 2018

UK’s plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

By | July 23rd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Millions of tons of waste plastic from British businesses and homes may be ending up in landfill sites across the world, the government’s spending watchdog has warned. Huge amounts of packaging waste is being sent overseas on the basis that it will be recycled and turned into new products. However, concerns have been [...]

16 Jul, 2018

Yorkshire Tea to switch to biodegradable teabags by 2019

By | July 16th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Yorkshire Tea have got some big bits of news to share about plastic. The plastic they've been using to seal their tea bags is going to be replaced with a renewable plant-based material. They're starting to switch over now, and the aim is that all their UK tea bags will have switched by the end of 2019. They've also signed up to [...]

6 Jul, 2018

Biodegradable plastic made from ‘tree glue’ could be on shelves within five years

By | July 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Biodegradable plastic that can be tossed out with food scraps could be on the shelves within five years after scientists found an ingenious way to turn ‘tree glue’ into packaging. Researchers at the University of Warwick have found that a natural glue called lignin, which holds cellulose fibres together, stiffening plant stems, can be turned [...]

6 Jul, 2018

Environmentally friendly plastic made from straw could soon be used in disposable bottles and packaging

By | July 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

A form of environmentally friendly plastic made from straw could soon be used in disposable bottles and other packaging after a breakthrough by British scientists. They have found a way to ‘edit’ the genes of a microbe to speed up the conversion of plant material into bioplastics that break down naturally. Read [...]

6 Jul, 2018

Researchers race to make bioplastics from straw and food waste

By | July 6th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

New bioplastics are being made in laboratories from straw, wood chips and food waste, with researchers aiming to replace oil as the source of the world’s plastic. The new approaches include genetically modifying bacteria to eat wood and produce useful chemicals. But the bioplastics are currently significantly more expensive to make than fossil [...]

2 Jul, 2018

Iceland: One small policy could make a big impact on our war on plastic

By | July 2nd, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

After announcing a series of plastic waste-busting policies in recent weeks, including a trial of an in-store reverse vending machine for plastic bottles and the adoption of plastic-free labelling for its own-brand packaging, supermarket chain Iceland's Managing Director Richard Walker shares his thoughts on the fight against plastic waste. Read full article

7 Jun, 2018

Plastic pollution on the agenda for World Environment Day

By | June 7th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

In the end, this World Environment Day was so much more than we could have imagined. We had an astonishing announcement from the Government of India, a record-breaking number of registered events around the world, and a social media game that broke every expectation. Our site nearly crashed a couple of times because of all the traffic, but [...]

5 Jun, 2018

Chile to become first South American country to ban plastic bags

By | June 5th, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Chile is set to become the first South American country to ban plastic bags. Politicians in the country's House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pass a law that would come into force in a year’s time for retailers and in two years’ time for smaller businesses. In total 134 voted in favour and there was one abstention. Read [...]

1 Jun, 2018

Plastic-free sandwich packaging unveiled by RAP

By | June 1st, 2018|News from the web|0 Comments

Wilmbledon-based sandwich packaging supplier RAP has launched two plastic-free sandwich wedges. Freshpak is a folding box carton, which RAP said has been made of 'fully sustainable' boards and cullulose film, both of which are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). AgriRap, meanwhile, [...]